TillVAS Till Valley Archaeological Society
TillVAS             Till Valley Archaeological Society


Welcome to the website of the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS).


The Society's core aim is "To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till".


We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland. However, we are not averse to straying into other areas of the Border lands when it suits us to do so!


< Please click on the tabs on the top left-hand side of this page to learn about the Society and its activities.





Photo-River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge


The website has a dual purpose:-

Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.

Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.

The Till Valley in north Northumberland, UK, is rich in history and archaeological sites. It is also an attractive and varied landscape. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.                      


All photos on this and other pages © TillVAS or members who have given permission.

Photo-A concentrated effort in a trench below Branxton Hill in the area where the Scots army found themselves in difficult ground on 9th September 1513 at the Battle of Flodden.

TillVAS has its own Twitter account in order to 'spread the word'. Just enter @TillVAS in the Search field of your browser.

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Members and friends were delighted to see Chris at the James IV Memorial Lecture on 11th October. Many thanks to Nevenka for bringing him from Newcastle. Another milestone on the way to recovery. At the end of the lecture, Chris addressed the company, as follows "I'd like to thank the committee of TillVAS and the TillVAS members for their kind wishes both verbal and by card sent to me over the last few months and for their continued support for the activities of the Flodden Project which could not take place without their involvement.

I would also like to thank Alistair (Bowden) and the Steering Committee for their continuing support at this difficult time"—applause!


Etal Village Hall was packed to capacity on Sunday afternoon, 11th October, to hear author and archaeologist, Max Adams, speak about King Oswald of Northumbria. Max was introduced by Alistair Bowden, Project Co-ordinator for Flodden 1513 and the vote of thanks was given by Lord Joicey. Everyone present thought that this was an excellent occasion and discussion continued long afterwards over refreshments and during the book-signing session.

Many thanks to committee members and others for their organisation of the event, including the provision of light refreshments.

THE NEXT CATALOGUING DAY is 24th October. Details to follow.


Wednesday, 4th November at 7.30pm in Crookham Village Hall when either Graeme Young or Paul Gethin will speak on "Excavations at Bradford Kaims".


Click on the tag above to reach the page for the latest information on meetings.

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make the weekend of 29th to 31st of August such a success, firstly at the Test Pit digs for the Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas Project, in particular, our (resident!) archaeologists, Richard Carlton, John Nolan and Jenny Vaughan, our Project Manager, Mike Keating and our Archaeology Manager, Heather Pentland, as well as our volunteer diggers. Secondly, at the Glendale Show, special thanks to Maureen Charlton and Valerie Glass for manning the stand.

Thirdly, at the Etal Show, many thanks to Maureen Charlton and Heather Pentland for manning the stand.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EXCAVATION was undertaken at Wark Castle from 3rd until 14th  September under the direction of Hon. Member, Richard Carlton. More information by clicking on the tab for the Photograph Gallery.

Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see the September Newsletter.


Click on Report on Events, above, for detailed accounts of press reports.


The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.

Items for sale include:-

1. The Society's first publication Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed at £10 per copy and

2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.

See the Publications page for more about these books. Copies of Breamish and Till are also available in Cornhill Village Shop, Etal Village Shop and Ford Village Shop.


There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.